May 21, 2020

Constitution Secretary Michael Russell MSP has called on the UK Government to give the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to be given a formal role in future UK trade deals.

Responding to the Second Reading of the UK Trade Bill in the House of Commons today, he said the draft legislation did nothing to protect Scotland’s interests.

Mr Rus...

May 6, 2020

Legislation which allows the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be simplified and improved post-Brexit passed Stage 1 this week, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill creates powers to enable Scottish Ministers to ensure CAP schemes can continue beyond this year and also modify...

January 20, 2020

EU citizens living and working in Scotland make an invaluable contribution to our society, culture and economy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP said today.

At an event in Edinburgh to celebrate the positive impact of EU citizens, the First Minister announced additional funding for the Stay in Scotland campaign. The campaign has so far awarded...

January 13, 2020

Scotland and Norway can work together to play a major role in tackling climate change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP told Norwegian business leaders during a visit last week.

Addressing the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise conference in Oslo, the First Minister highlighted offshore wind and carbon capture and storage as sectors where th...

January 9, 2020

On Wednesday 08 January the Scottish Parliament rejected the UK Government’s flawed Brexit Bill, which the SNP warns will “throw the constitution into crisis.”

Meanwhile, at Westminster, the SNP tabled a reasoned amendment that opposes the Withdrawal Agreement on the grounds that:

· The Scottish Parliament has not consented to those parts of the B...

August 21, 2019

Local councils are preparing for the possibility of school meal nutritional standards being amended or discarded altogether in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC has revealed.

These legal standards are designed to make sure school children are fed healthy food.


It is anticipated by some councils that school meals will not mee...

August 19, 2019

Former Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond MP has hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and those "unelected people who pull the strings of this government.”


Writing in The Times, Mr Hammond warned Mr Johnson that he risks a "betrayal" of the 2016 Brexit referendum if he leaves the European Union (EU) without an agreement, as h...

July 11, 2019

Ayrshire New Potatoes, also known as Ayrshire Earlies because they are traditionally harvested early in the year, have been registered as a Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) by the European Union, thanks to a successful application by Girvan Early Growers.

This status offers extra protection against unauthorised imitation of Ayrshire Earlies,...

July 4, 2019

In the 2014-2020 funding programme, North Ayrshire has been directly allocated £5,925,755 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which together make up the European Structural and Investment Funds and are managed in Scotland by the SNP Government.

North Ayrshire Council (NAC) is receiving £3,959,133...

June 26, 2019

At Portfolio Questions on Wednesday, Kenneth asked Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee MSP whether the SNP Government had received any clarity from the UK Government on its plans for replacing European Structural Funds with the Shared Prosperity Fund post-Brexit.

In his response, the Minister expressed his concern that the UK...

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